RUN­NING SCARED

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A SYD­NEY court has been told ac­tor Matthew New­ton is men­tally ill and liv­ing in ‘‘ ut­ter fear’’.

AC­TOR Matthew New­ton is men­tally ill and liv­ing in ‘‘ ut­ter fear’’ af­ter be­ing king hit by a large man fol­low­ing a me­dia cam­paign, a Syd­ney court has been told.

Last year it was his then­girl­friend, ac­tress Rachael Tay­lor, who had ‘‘ sig­nif­i­cant fears for her per­sonal safety’’, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased at the time by her man­ager.

New­ton is ac­cused of breach­ing an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der taken out by Ms Tay­lor, and con­sented to by him, af­ter an al­leged vi­o­lent in­ci­dent be­tween the cou­ple in Rome.

The 34-year-old son of show­busi­ness cou­ple Bert and Patti New­ton ap­peared in Syd­ney’s Down­ing Cen­tre Lo­cal Court yes­ter­day.

New­ton was ar­rested last month for al­legedly phon­ing Ms Tay­lor, in breach of the AVO, and for us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to men­ace or ha­rass her.

His lawyer, Chris Mur­phy, told the court he would ap­ply for the mat­ter to be dealt with un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

He said New­ton al­legedly phoned Ms Tay­lor, then sent text mes­sages say­ing he was sorry he had rung.

He said New­ton spent five months in a men­tal health fa­cil­ity, adding: ‘‘ He does not have any ad­dic­tions, he has a psy­chi­atric ill­ness’’.

Last Au­gust, j our­nal­ist Paul Kent went ‘‘ on a na­tional cam­paign’’, call­ing on peo­ple to punch New­ton and at­tack him, the lawyer said.

Mr Mur­phy said New­ton was in the in­ner Syd­ney sub­urb of Surry Hills, when a large man king hit him.

He said New­ton was now back at the clinic.

The mat­ter was ad­journed for a men­tal health is­sue hear­ing on April 13.

Photo: JOHN GRAINGER

COURT: Ac­tor Matthew New­ton leaves The Down­ing Cen­tre court com­plex in Syd­ney

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